12 Apr 2018

Desalination is an increasingly common method of improving water security in arid and semi-arid regions. According to the International Desalination Association, the 19,000 desalination plants that now operate globally each day produce 88.6 gigalitres of water. The water from those facilities supports 300 million people.

Research report

Effective water management is essential for the day-to-day functioning of our city and its resilience in the face of chronic stresses and acute shocks.

01 Mar 2018

Climate change and population growth pose significant challenges and opportunities for Melbourne’s water supply, sewerage, stormwater and waterway systems. If these challenges are not effectively managed, communities will face water shortages and restrictions, devastated parks and gardens, flooded streets, destroyed waterways and escalating water bills.

01 Feb 2018

Viable urban areas need access to safe, reliable and a ordable water and sanitation services. Water is critical to all life—it sustains our communities, our economy and the environment on which we depend. Given this, water utilities are a critical part of our cities—delivering services today and helping maintain our future health, wellbeing and prosperity.

Discussion paper
01 Jun 2014

The value of ‘green infrastructure’ in urban landscapes is becoming increasingly recognised by health professionals, water managers, planners, policy makers and designers around the world. The rapid expansion of towns and cities contains the real risk of creating unliveable, unhealthy environments.

Research report
27 Feb 2018

Cities must address climate change. More than half of the world’s population is urban, and cities emit 75% of all carbon dioxide from energy use1. Meeting the target of the 2015 Paris climate agreement to keep warming well below 2° C above pre-industrial levels requires staying within a ‘carbon budget’ and emitting no more than around 800 gigatonnes of CO2 in total after 2017.

Journal article
02 Mar 2018

Regional scale collaboration on climate change adaptation is an important consideration for governments. This report is based on a project that explored the relationship between legal and policy frameworks and cross-border collaboration on climate change adaptation in the Australian Capital Region (ACR).

Research report
16 Feb 2017

While Perth’s climate has been getting drier, its citizens maintain a commitment to green lawns and a resistance to water restrictions. This article traces the historical origins of this desire for "lawnscapes".

Journal article
09 Dec 2017

Urban water infrastructure faces a number of challenges over coming years. This report outlines a pathway for reform.

Start Date

Water sensitive urban design (WSUD) is commonly implemented at a precinct-scale. This enables an integrated approach and the application of an appropriate mix of design and technologies for a spatially-relevant,...

15 Nov 2017

This progress report for the NSW Parliament outlines the status of a current investigation into the enforcement of the principles and rules of effective water management.

09 Nov 2017

Follow a step by step guide to undertaking sustainable retrofits in your strata scheme and help to transform your building.